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Drugs

A smiling doctor discussing drug medications with her patient

Different types of arthritis are treated with different drugs. Drugs are given to improve the symptoms and, where possible, to slow or halt the progress of the condition.

Depending on your type of arthritis your doctor may need to give you a combination of one or more specific drugs to deal with the disease itself, as well as more general drugs to help you with the pain, stiffness or inflammation that are the symptoms.

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  • Methotrexate

    Methotrexate should effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, vasculitis and psoriatic arthritis, and stop them causing damage to your joints. It has been tested and has helped many people. However, as with all drugs some people will have side-effects. These pages set out what you need to know.

  • Mycophenolate

    Mycophenolate should effectively treat conditions including lupus and vasculitis. It has been tested and has helped many people. However, as with
    all drugs some people will have side-effects. These pages set out what you need to know.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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